Monday, 25 February 2013

Some thoughts on the 85th Academy Awards

I do not think I have much to say except that it is great that Argo won the Best Picture Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. Argo is an entertaining film based on a true story of a CIA operative who is sent to Tehran to rescue six U.S. diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Argo is definitely worth watching.

I am also pleased that Quentin Tarantino (original screenplay) and Christophe Waltz (supporting actor) received deserving nods from the Academy for the enjoyable western Django Unchained which I think is the best film of the year.

Ang Lee won the Best Director Oscar for the impressive Life of Pi, one of the very few films that brilliantly utilises 3-D technology. A terrific adaptation of Yann Martel's novel of the same name but so enjoyable.

The emotional drama Amour won Best Foreign Film and the award was collected by the acclaimed Austrian director Michael Heneke. I wonder why the legendary French actress Emmanuel Riva's portrayal of a dying elderly woman was overlooked for Jennifer Lawrence's Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook?

Finally, I didn't care much for Spielberg's Lincoln but Daniel Day Lewis does produce the goods in every picture. He was expected to lift the Oscar for his portrayal of Abe and lift it he did. There you have it! I did not have much to say after all!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Lincoln - An over-rated bore of a movie!

The critics seem to be falling over each other to call this movie a modern day classic but I think 'Lincoln' is genuinely boring, over-long and very over-rated. Daniel Day-Lewis' performance is okay but full marks has to go to the make-up department for making him look as grotesque as Honest Abe. No doubt that this over-blown bore-fest will probably be the big winner at the Oscars.

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